“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”
The Nutter administration has lost in its legal battle to tax lap dances performed in the back rooms of strip clubs.
The workers’ attorney says the Recreation Department had hired them with full knowledge of those jobs, and in fact because of their experience — mostly with the school district.
Pay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.
A similar lawsuit in Philadelphia resulted in a settlement agreement two years ago, so Monday’s ruling will have no impact here.
City solicitor Shelley Smith notes that the city government is immune from financial liability in accidents except for certain narrow exceptions, which don’t apply in this tragedy.
Mayor Michael Nutter is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up the question of whether he can impose a new contract on the city’s blue-collar workers’ union.
The Nutter Administration has decided not to appeal two years of pay raises awarded by an arbitrator last month to the police union.
Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chairs the Philadelphia Gas Commission, doesn’t believe that PGW ratepayers should foot the bill for the privatization effort.